DPRK accuses US of planning to re-deploy tactical nuclear weapons in S. Korea

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/16 2:26:07

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friday accused the United States of planning to re-deploy tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea.

The spokesman for the Institute of American Studies at the DPRK's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Trump Administration is publicizing through the media the "possibility of redeploying tactical nuclear weapons" into South Korea and developing an up-to-date miniaturized nuclear bomb.

"Recently, NBC and other American press reported that the Trump administration is currently examining various plans of developing an up-to-date miniaturized nuclear bomb of low intensity to deal with nuclear threats posed by countries like the DPRK and Russia," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said the deliberate leakage of the information about tactical nuclear weapons by the Trump administration "coincides with its moves to impose heinous sanctions, pressure and military threat on the DPRK."

It also "raises the alarm about the intention of the US to unleash an actual nuclear war in the Korean peninsula," said the spokesman.

"The US has generated the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula by deploying more than 1,000 nuclear weapons into South Korea since the 1950's and turning it into the front-line base for nuclear war, and imposed a constant nuclear threat on the DPRK," he said.

The spokesman said the United States had once declared the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from South Korea amid rising anti-nuclear drives in the early 1990's.

"But it (US) never stopped blackmailing and threatening the DPRK with its nuclear assets," he added.

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